The bird is standing on a grey and brown gravel bank. There are succulents just out of focus on the top of the bank behind and a completely out of focus concrete wall, in partial shadow is behind that.


The Pohowera (Banded Dotterel, Charadrius bicinctus) is another species I remember from early childhood. Likely they were present around the shore of the inner Waitematā Harbour where we lived when I was little.

This one was captured in a place I’ve seen them reasonably often in recent years — on the man-made embankment at the south end of Wellington International Airport.

My wife lived in the area before we met and says they have always been in the area.



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